Brief Nest 2 update

Bamburgh is still at Nest 2, with 37 supplying plenty of food.

supper delivered, 37 is about to fly
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It was a wet start today, but Bamburgh sat preening on the nest edge at times – in between showers.

getting her feathers in tip top condition
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37 delivered 2 fish within 3 hours in the early afternoon. If Bamburgh decides to leave tomorrow, she should be well fuelled.

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Bamburgh is still at Nest 2, Blackaburn has probably left Nest 3

Yesterday’s post commented that Bamburgh may not have migrated, given her long absences from Nest 2. That has proved true, with a few brief landings this morning, and early evening presence eating a fish.

1st view of Bamburgh on the nestcam today
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Bamburgh flies after a 2 minute visit
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No ospreys have been seen on Nests 1A and 4, so Byrness, Binky and Beldon have been added to the Timeline as last seen on 3 September.

Nest 3 recordings for the last few days suggest Blackaburn migrated on 4 September, as she was last seen on the evening of 3 September. She was holding on to a headless trout earlier in the day.

brunch for Blackaburn
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She received another fish soon after 18.00.

the last delivery seen by the male
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Blackaburn was tucking in on the last clip we have of her.

last supper at Kielder?
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The limited recordings at Nest 3 may have missed later presence, so we won’t update the Timeline for Blackaburn until the next visit.

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Departures update

It was unlikely any of the Kielder youngsters would begin their migration yesterday. Despite light tailwinds, it was a wet day with poor visibility for the most part. There were no fish deliveries between 08.00 and around 18.00 on the nests with singletons – Nests 2 and 4.

Beldon’s soliciting is rewarded. Eventually
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Nest 4‘s Beldon was still eating at 19.00 when streaming ended, but he hasn’t been on camera today so far (16.30). He is usually on the nest or perch now and then – just in case a fish might arrive.

On Nest 2, 37 delivered a flounder as a special treat for Bamburgh today. She didn’t look impressed!

37 brings his 2nd recorded flatfish of the season
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I prefer trout, Dad!
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Bamburgh hasn’t been seen since flying off with the remains of the fish, after eating for over 30 minutes. But long absences on Nest 2 aren’t unusual, so she may still be around.

On Nest 1A, YA provided 2 trout yesterday – one for each of his remaining offspring. Today, both juveniles were still at the nest when he delivered quite a small trout, which Binky claimed.

Binky gets there first, as usual – Byrness is dropping from the camera too late
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Binky had eaten the fish 21 minutes later. She left the nest, but returned to the perch for a few minutes mid morning. This was the last capture of Binky today so far.

Binky leaves the perch…. for the last time?
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Byrness had flown from the nest a little earlier, and had not returned by 16.30.

Byrness just before flying
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Even in poor weather, normally one of the duo will check out the nest for a few minutes every so often. But more suggestive of probable migration is YA’s presence this afternoon for over 3 hours – with a temptingly large trout.

two hours plus and no takers. Is nobody hungry?
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We won’t amend the Timeline until reviewing the rest of today’s footage and the first part of tomorrow’s. But 3 of the 4 remaining youngsters on the streamed nests may well have begun their first Autumn migration today. We so hope it will be the first migration of many, although we know the challeges juveniles have to overcome.

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Nest 3: has Bywell migrated?

The latest footage from Nest 3 does not include any clips with Bywell present since 29 August.

Bywell just about to fly after dining
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Since then, on the couple of occasions a fish has arrived during recording hours, only Blackaburn has been there to receive it.

Blackaburn takes brunch from Dad
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The nest is empty for the full 30-40 minutes on some of the clips. The last bird seen on camera when footage was collected this morning was a young jay yesterday evening.

a juvenile jay unchallenged on the nest
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We won’t add Bywell to the Timeline just yet, as in 3-4 hours a day, brief appearances can easily be uncaptured.

Meanwhile, there were no more confirmed departures by this afternoon on the streamed nests, apart from Mrs 69. She hasn’t been on camera since she delivered a trout on 29 August. The winds change direction tomorrow to tailwinds, so there could be a mass exodus!

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Hanging around – including intruders!

The 29 August post about the streamed nests mentioned Mrs 69 from Nest 4 not having been seen by 17.00. Cue her arrival not much later.

is THIS the final delivery by Mrs 69?
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Since then, she hadn’t been on the nestcam by the time of writing (17.00). But we won’t put a ‘last seen’ on the Timeline just yet! Today, views of Beldon have been rare and 69 wasn’t on camera until just before 17.00, when he delivered a large trout for Beldon. Yesterday, he spent a lot of time on the nest with his son.

69 and Beldon doze
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But neither osprey was around when PX5, the 2016 Solway male, added Nest 4 to his collection of ‘Kielder nest portraits’!

a new nest to land on for PX5
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Another 2 year old who has been seen several times landed on Nest 1A yesterday – not for his first visit there. KN7 hatched near Meikleour in Perthshire, but is finding Kielder Forest attractive in recent weeks.

Byrness is about to dislodge KN7
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Here’s a clip of the landing and departure, press HD for best quality.

Today, a juvenile landed on the Nest 1A perch. The ring was blurred, but the youngster looked like Blackaburn from Nest 3.

Probably Blackaburn landing
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Byrness wasn’t impressed and chased the other youngster away. Both she and Binky are still present and enjoying YA’s catches!

YA gets out of the way as Binky mantles over a new trout and Byrness asks for one of her own!
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Bamburgh and 37 are still at Nest 2. Mostly, there is a quick exchange of fish possession, then Bamburgh flies elsewhere to eat – as happened this afternoon, just before 17.00. But she was posing nicely this morning when waiting for a meal.

looking lovely in the morning sun
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It is encouraging that there are young males prospecting in the area. ‘Floaters’ in the population are in a good position to take over nests if a resident bird doesn’t return the following year. Or they can build their own nest, as has happened at Nest 5. EB wasn’t on nestcams much after landings early in the season in years prior to 2016, but she showed an interest in Kielder Forest each year from at least 2013, and replaced the original unringed female when she didn’t return in 2016.

Finally, some good news about Blue 39, the 2011 Nest 1 male who has been seen occasionally on Kielder nestcams, but also photographed at Derwent Reservoir, in previous seasons. This year, we haven’t seen him at Kielder, nor received reports of him elsewhere. But this morning he was at Derwent Reservoir, according to a report on the RSPB Community Forum. The relevant post is near the bottom of the page.

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Latest on Nest 3

Footage over the last few days indicates the juveniles are still receiving plenty of fish. On a wet Sunday, when the nestcam lens was covered in droplets, it was just possible to make out the male landing with a fish for one youngster on the nest, and moments later the other juvenile landing with a remnant. Well done, Dad!

Corvids make an occasional appearance, but are discouraged from staying.

Blackaburn leaps at a corvid on the edge
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An unringed osprey flew by the nest the previous day, when Byrness was finishing a meal. Press HD for best quality.

Usually fish are consumed on the nest, but occasionally one of the juveniles flies off to eat elsewhere.

Blackaburn carries the fish with one foot
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The pair are likely to be around another week or so, as the younger bird has just reached the ’80 days from hatching’ mark. Migration is more likely to be nearer 90 days or over, but the young ospreys will go when they feel ready.

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Fish dominate

The remaining juveniles are ever hungry. Mostly, the males – and in Nest 4’s case, Mrs 69 too – have been providing ample supplies. During the 11 hours of streaming on 27 August, YA delivered 4 trout to Nest 1A. Binky was first to 3 of them.

Binky is first to fish 3 of the day
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YA’s catches usually last well over an hour, but yesterday during streaming he only dropped off one modest trout, which Byrness took and ate in 28 minutes.

Byrness ‘wins’
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Today, the first time a fish was seen was just before 15.00, and the youngsters scrapped hard over it. Press HD for best quality.

Byrness looked quite cowed after receiving a few pecks from Binky, but regained her courage and collected the fish from under Binky’s talons about an hour later, when Binky was having a rest. YA brought another fish soon after that, so both youngsters have fed well again today.

On Nest 2, 37 usually delivers catches to the nest. Yesterday, Bamburgh arrived with a fresh looking fish. There has never been footage showing a definite catch by a juvenile at Kielder, and Bamburgh didn’t look wet.

did Bamburgh catch this?
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Case not proven, and 37 has provided all the fish since then. Bamburgh left the one in the image above after eating about half of it. Sometimes, 37 arrives to dispose of the remains. But it was another male yesterday.

PX5 takes advantage of a free meal
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The 2016 Solway male flew off with his prize,  but returned a little later – presumably to say thank you to Bamburgh!

Bamburgh mantles and shouts at PX5
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An unringed female landed on an empty Nest 2 this morning, but there were no treats awaiting her.

the start of a short stay by an unringed female
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The Nest 4 female, Mrs 69, hadn’t been seen today by 17.00 – and isn’t similar to the Nest 2 intruder. Yesterday, she supplied a fish for Beldon.

about to hand over her catch to Beldon
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Perhaps that was her last gift to Beldon – although she has been absent for a day recently.

The weather is more settled since the Bank Holiday weekend. It won’t be long before the remaining juveniles head south. Safe travels to all ospreys everywhere.

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Drifting away…

The weather over the Bank Holiday weekend has often not been conducive to standing on an exposed nest, however the absence of action for long periods is at least in part because the ospreys are migrating. Of the females, only Mrs 69 from Nest 4 seems to be still present.

Mrs 69 gives Beldon another meal
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Nest 4 was the first to produce young this year. Beldon and Belling hatched within a couple of hours of each other, but Belling has probably set off on migration well ahead of Beldon. This was Belling’s last appearance on the nest.

a last look at home for Belling?
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Belling had been eating for just under an hour. When 69 delivered a new fish to the nest at lunchtime, only Beldon arrived. Belling hasn’t turned up for any of several fish deliveries since – most unusual!

At Nest 1A – where Broomlee and Byrness hatched a day later than the Nest 4 pair – Broomlee also hasn’t been seen since early on Saturday. The last sight of him was of feathers occasionally obscuring part of the nestcam lens.

Broomlee’s feather
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If the youngsters did begin their migrations, they left Kielder before the weather deteriorated – although further south rain may have slowed progress.

Bamburgh is still at Nest 2 – or was this morning, along with fish supplier 37. That nest is emptier more often than the others, with no sighting of either osprey yesterday after 12.34. Most days, Bamburgh receives 2 fish in the 11 hours of streaming, but often only eats a few mouthfuls before flying off to dine elsewhere.

On Nest 1A, the remaining juveniles are more likely to eat on the nest. Today, it looked as though a delivery from YA was going to be lost in the battle for possession. Press HD for best quality.

The timeline won’t be updated with likely departure dates for a couple of days – just in case!

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News from Nest 3

The last time the Nest 3 female was seen in footage was 18 August.

Blackaburn watches mum swallow the last bit of fish
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Despite limited recording hours, it is likely she has started her migration. The male – almost certainly a new breeder – is still supplying a good quantity of fish.

the empty cropped male sees a fish is still being eaten
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He took the fresh catch away on this occasion.

A part fish on an empty nest proved tempting to another male. Press HD for best quality.

2015 male FR1 landed on Nest 2 early the following morning, as mentioned in a post yesterday.

The Nest 3 juveniles are usually patient when the other sibling is eating, but sometimes they decide it is their turn,  and jump about, fly and return several times in quick succession. Bywell was probably trying to demonstrate the latter behaviour when Blackaburn had ignored requests for a meal.

Blackaburn stopped eating and peered around. Bywell didn’t return – had there been a collision with a branch of the tree below the platform?

The footage stopped soon afterwards, but yesterday Bywell was on form again, soliciting on and off the nest.

Bywell lands, shouting
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Intruders of the day

Intruding ospreys have landed on Nest 2 and Nest 1A today. In chronological order…

FR1 poses
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FR1 is a 2015 male from Perthshire. He visited Kielder in 2017, and was the first ‘intruder arrival’ of this season. He hasn’t been on a nestcam since then. He landed at 08.36 and spent 15 minutes on the nest without being disturbed by a resident. He did a bit of tidying for 37!

sorting out the sticks
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The next landing wasn’t until the afternoon, when Bamburgh was on the nest – a rare sight nowadays, apart from when 37 brings a fish. She mantled at a bird, unseen, then flew off and the object of her attention landed.

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Bamburgh swooped around her, and she left after 3 minutes.

the female isn’t welcome
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A short while later, an osprey made a very brief appearance on Nest 1A. Press HD for best quality and don’t blink!

Freya, looking in good condition
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Freya has spent the summer at Border Ospreys, with the odd excursion elsewhere. The link is to a blog published yesterday, which mentions Freya’s previous visits to Kielder. We hope that she won’t have time for outings next year, but will be raising her chicks with Samson.

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